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We rule! Not our Body parts and Emotions

14th January 2019
Kings have subjects whom he rules and he has people in high positions i.e. ministers, who help him rule the Kingdom. Similarly we are the kings and we have body parts and emotions who are the subjects. Imam Ghazali (رحمه الله) writes that the person rules his body parts and emotions and they do not rule over him. If they (Body parts and emotions) obey him and he does not obey them then the person will attain the level of a king in this world. He says if we wish to be true kings in this world then we should control the five and half feet bodies we have i.e. we should control our eyes, ears, tongues etc. and we should think, feel and say according to the wishes of Allah ta’ala.

Imam Ghazali (رحمه الله) mentions the story of a Wali of Allah ta’ala who was told by a Prince to ask him for his needs. The Wali of Allah ta’ala replied,

“Is that the way to speak to me when I have two servants who are your masters?” The Prince asked who were his masters and the Wali of Allah ta’ala replied that they were greed and desires. He said, “I have conquered them but they have conquered you. I rule over them and they rule over you.”

If we conquer these two bad traits of greed and desires then we are masters over them. People may be kings and have authority but if they are ruled by greed and desires then they are servants to these two traits.

“The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God” by Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali
posted by ummi taalib on 14th January 2019 - 4 comments


Muadh Khan wrote on 14 Jan 2019
Khala, Rahimahullah is not spelt like this. It is not "Raheem" "Allah" but "Rahim" "Ho-al-Allah" meaning may Allah have mercy on him....رحمه الله...Raheemahullah is some weird word and I don't know what it means
Blogger's Reply:
Jazaakallaahu khayran for correcting me...I always write it with two "ee" and now have to change it in so many places ) :
Muadh Khan wrote on 14 Jan 2019
Raheem (ee) and Rahim (as in the verb RahImA) are two separate meanings in ARabic, kindly check with Ulama
Blogger's Reply:
Yes I've realsied..."Raheemahullah" has no meaning. Appreciate your correction but big job to change it everywhere in my notes, blogs, forum etc. Jazaakallaahu khayraa
Yasin wrote on 23 Jan 2019
I can change it in all places on the blog+forum if you want
Blogger's Reply:
That would be very much appreciated! Its been on my mind to make time for it. Would be taking up so much your valuable time though? If there's some option which makes it easy, yes please

Jazaakallaahu khayraa. May Allah ta'ala grant barakah in your time and all your work, aameen
Yasin wrote on 23 Jan 2019
13 blog entries had the given spelling. It's okay it doesn't take long. It's only a few lines of code. I think you might be pasting from Microsoft Word? Word uses characters that are not web friendly. It's always better to paste it to notepad first then use online to ensure apostrophes are basic character codes. I'll update the forum posts for you shortly as well.
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